The epicenter of the quake which struck at 4:08 p.m. local time (0408GMT) from a depth of 572.1 kilometers was traced 19 kilometers south of Fiji’s Ndoi island, or 362 kilometers west of Nuku’alofa, capital of Tonga, according to the USGS.

KUMAMOTO, April 17, 2016 (Xinhua) -- Firefighters check the buildings in the earthquake rocked Mashiki in Kumamoto prefecture, Japan, April 17, 2016. A powerful magnitude-7.3 earthquake struck the island of Kyushu in southwestern Japan early Saturday just a day after a sizable foreshock hit the region, with the number of fatalities now standing at 41 according to the latest figures on Sunday. (Xinhua/Ma Ping)
 (Xinhua/Ma Ping)

The Hawaii- based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not immediately issue a tsunami warning based on the quake.

There was no immediate report of casualty or damage.

Pacific island countries such as Fiji, Tonga and Vanuatu lie on the so-called Pacific “Ring of Fire,” an arc of earthquake and volcanic zones where continental plates collide producing frequent seismic activities. Endit

Source: Xinhua


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